Satantango, Paperback / softback Book

Satantango Paperback / softback

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Translated by George SzirtesFrom the winner of the Man Booker International PrizeIn the darkening embers of a Communist utopia, life in a desolate Hungarian town has come to a virtual standstill.

Flies buzz, spiders weave, water drips and animals root desultorily in the barnyard of a collective farm.

But when the charismatic Irimias - long-thought dead - returns, the villagers fall under his spell.

Irimias sets about swindling the villagers out of a fortune that might allow them to escape the emptiness and futility of their existence.

He soon attains a messianic aura as he plays on the fears of the townsfolk and a series of increasingly brutal events unfold.

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